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J. S. Crone, A Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Talbot 1928), ed. Bells Acting Shakespeare; anonymous autobiog in Exshaws Mag (Dublin 1775) [ODonoghue MSS]. CAB; b. York St., died in poverty. The Modish Wife (1773) considered his best play. Here fawning priests with looks demure/In hopes to get a better cure/Appeared to grace the friendly crowd/And very low, for livings, bowd (The Birthday from Royal Fables). [CAB]
Peter Kavanagh, Irish Theatre (Tralee 1946), Francis Gentleman 1728-1784; 15 pieces, mostly adaptations; Sejanus (1752), from Jonson; Osman (Bath c.1753), not printed; Zaphira (Bath 1754), not printed; The Sultan or Love and Fame (Bath, York and Scarborough c. 1754; Hay, 1769) 1770, orig. from Turkish history; Richard II (Bath 1754), from Shakespeare, not printed; The Mentalist, satire (Manchester c.1759), not printed; The Fairy Court, interlude (Chester c.1770), played by children, 15 nights; The Tobacconist, com. (Edinburgh, c.1750; Hay, 22 July 1771) 1771, from Jonsons Alchemist; The Modish Wife (Chester 1761; Hay, 18 Sept. 1773) 1774 ed. with account of author; Oroonoko, orf the Royal Slave (Edinburgh c.1760, DL 11 Mar 1769, expurgated Southerne; The Stratford Jubilee, com. (Stratford on Avon, c. 1769) 1769; The Coxcombs (Hy 16 Sept 1771), alteration of Jonsons Epicoene, not printed; Cupids Revenge, past. (Hay, 27 July 1772) 1772, mus. by Hook; The Pantheonites, dram, ent. (Hay 3 Sept 1773) 1773; Orpheus and Eurydice, op. (Smock Alley, 1783), trans. from Italian. Author of Dramatic Censor, and a worst ed. of Shakespeare, for Bell, 1774, 1775.
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; 1984), cites F. Gentleman, Orpheus and Eurydice (1783) .
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